Red Flags You Shouldn’t Ignore Before Getting BOTOX® or Fillers

When used correctly, BOTOX® and dermal fillers (like Juvéderm® and Restylane®) are some of the safest compounds in medicine. Unfortunately, poor federal oversight has allowed a number of unqualified practitioners to capitalize on the popularity of these injectable treatments. As a result, people have reported complications ranging from unsightly cosmetic issues (like the dreaded “frozen” look) to painful medical problems, such as nerve damage. In rare cases, patients have even been hospitalized after being injected with unregulated knockoff compounds. Before you have any kind of cosmetic injection, you should therefore familiarize yourself with the “red flags” that may indicate an injector is poorly trained.

3 Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore when Choosing an Injector

  1. Your injector seems willing to work anywhere.

While the idea of having your BOTOX® or filler injector show up at your house, workplace, or hotel room seems very convenient, it’s a clear sign that hygiene isn’t your injector’s top priority. Many people who offer to make BOTOX® or filler “house calls” lack any specific training and don’t have an office of their own—because they aren’t medical professionals at all. This is roughly the equivalent of letting a random stranger give you cosmetic injections, so it’s incredibly risky. Cosmetic injections should only be administered in a sterile clinical setting (like a plastic surgeon’s office), never in a private residence, non-medical spa, or salon.

  1. Your injector isn’t a board-certified plastic surgeon or registered nurse with specific training.

Even if you know that you should never let a hairdresser or manicurist give you BOTOX® injections, it’s still possible to choose an under-qualified practitioner. Today, many doctors and nurses offer in-office cosmetic injections, and patients feel safe with this option because they know they’re working with medical professionals. However, while it’s true that doctors and nurses know how to administer medical injections, they often lack the specific training needed to create aesthetically pleasing BOTOX® and filler results.

Injecting too much BOTOX® or filler, or injecting these compounds in the wrong areas, can result in a stiff, unpleasant look. Injectors therefore need to develop an in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy and cosmetic injection techniques before they can properly administer these treatments. Because doctors and nurses don’t get this kind of training at medical school, there’s no guarantee you’ll get the results you want when you visit them. For best results, you should always see a board-certified plastic surgeon (or a registered nurse working alongside one) for aesthetic injections.

  1. The price looks too good to be true.

BOTOX® and dermal filler injections are some of the most affordable cosmetic treatments available. Still, it’s wise to be wary when an injector offers rates far below the average cost of treatment in your area.

Medical professionals have to charge the rates they do because maintaining a clinic and employing trained staff costs money. Ergo, if someone is offering you a bargain on injections, it’s usually a sign that they aren’t properly qualified. More dangerous still, they may be using completely unregulated knockoff compounds, which are often very toxic. If you encounter one of these compounds, your medical bills will end up costing you far more than authentic BOTOX® or filler injections ever would.

The low cost and excellent safety profile of BOTOX®, Juvéderm®, and Restylane® have combined to make injectable treatments extremely popular. Still, we should never let this fool us into thinking cosmetic injections are anything other than a medical procedure. Having a safe, satisfying injection experience means working with trained experts in a clinical setting—like the Ritacca Laser Center. For more information on BOTOX® or dermal fillers, contact our team to arrange a personal consultation.

 

 

 

Get Ready for the Holidays with Injectables

Looking for a little pre-Christmas pick-me-up? Worried about facing old friends at an upcoming New Year’s Eve party? Just ready for a change? If you are, then injectables might be the perfect thing to add to your holiday shopping list. These innovative compounds can do a lot to enhance your look—and all without the inconveniences posed by surgery.

How Can Injectables Improve Your Appearance?

Injectable treatments are used to meet a wide array of different cosmetic goals. They can minimize the signs of aging, such as wrinkles and hollows under the eyes and cheeks, and they can correct acne scars. They can also be used to improve the shape of your facial features. For example, many people get fillers injected into their lips in order to make them fuller and rounder. Some of the most popular injectable treatments include:

  • BOTOX®: A purified protein derived from botulinum, BOTOX® is singularly effective at relaxing the muscles of the face. By doing so, it can effectively reduce the appearance of “dynamic” wrinkles (wrinkles created by the expansion and contraction of the facial muscles). BOTOX® is most frequently applied to the forehead and the area between the brows, where dynamic wrinkles often make their earliest appearance. BOTOX® is used in a preventative manner, too. Younger people (those between the ages of 25-30) are increasingly turning to BOTOX® before wrinkles appear. Research shows that relaxing the muscles prior to the formation of wrinkles may delay their appearance by reducing the amount of stress put on the skin.

 

  • Juvéderm®: Juvéderm® is an injectable gel that contains a synthesized form of hyaluronic acid, a compound that is naturally produced by the human body. When Juvéderm® is injected into the skin, it bonds with the water molecules there and prompts the body to start producing more collagen. Juvéderm® therefore both adds volume directly (i.e., the gel fills in wrinkles and hollows) and improves the skin’s overall condition.

 

  • Restylane®: Like Juvéderm®, Restylane® is made from synthetic hyaluronic acid. Restylane® differs from Juvéderm® in its composition, however. Restylane® diffuses into surrounding tissues less readily, meaning that it is more well-suited to applications where feature shaping is necessary. For this reason, Restylane® is a popular option for adding volume to the lips and filling in small areas, such as the lower eyelid.

 

  • Sculptra®: This dermal filler is composed of poly-L-lactic acid, also known as PLLA. Sculptra® is unique because, in addition to providing an instant volume boost, the PLLA actually stimulates collagen production in the skin. This allows for a gradual rejuvenation effect that can last for years.

 

  • Allofill: This unique filler uses ready-to-use fat grafts to help restore volume and fullness in the face. Since fat moves and feels like natural tissue (because it is natural tissue), patients can look forward to some of the most long-lasting, natural-looking rejuvenation possible.

Why Injectables are the Perfect Choice for the Holidays

No matter how you celebrate, the holidays are probably a busy time for you. (Unless you’re planning to jet off to a secluded island with a private getaway, of course—in which case, we envy you!) As such, you don’t necessarily have time for surgery and the recovery period in order to give yourself the gift of better confidence… But you still want to look your very best as you navigate your way through various gatherings. Nonsurgical solutions like injectable fillers and BOTOX® present a perfect compromise for people in this situation: None of the injectables discussed in this guide require any “down time.” Because they don’t require the making of any incisions or the use of general anesthetic, you won’t have to take time off work in order to rest and heal. In fact, injectable treatments are often called “lunchtime procedures” because you can literally have them administered during lunch hour and return to work immediately afterwards. You won’t have to worry about scarring or significant swelling, either.

Injectable treatments are also highly affordable (as compared to more invasive procedures, like facelift surgery). Therefore, they won’t take a huge chunk out of your holiday budget or spoil your vacation plans.

The only caveat to be aware of when it comes to injectable treatments is the fact that results are not always immediate. The full effect of dermal fillers is usually observed several weeks after they are injected. (Some volume will be seen immediately thanks to the thickness of the filler’s gel, but it takes the body time to generate fresh collagen.) Even BOTOX® takes about seven days to kick in! If you want to reap the full rewards of your chosen injectable treatment (or treatments) by December, you should therefore act now. Book a consultation with us and start your journey to better skin health today.

NEW Restylane® Refyne and Defyne in Chicago

We are excited to be one of the first practices to offer new injectable fillers Restylane® Refyne and Defyne!

Facial volume loss, wrinkles and sagging skin are very common signs of aging. These signs of aging can be caused by a variety of factors such as genetics, sun damage, repetitive facial expression, and the natural aging process. Sadly every day we are losing collagen and elastin.

Injectable filler is one of the most popular non-surgical aesthetic treatments that increases facial volume, lifts the face, and decreases the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles. Injectable filler is not only popular but a quick and simple outpatient procedure with minimal downtime that can last up to several years. An injectable filler treatment is sometimes referred to as a liquid facelift. We are excited to introduce and offer 2 new injectable fillers to our repertoire of already popular injectables such as Juvéderm® and Restylane®.

Restylane® Refyne and Defyne

While Restylane® Refyne and Defyne have been practiced in Europe since 2010, they are newer injectables to the United States aesthetic market. They are manufactured by Galderma the makers of Dysport and other popular Restylane® fillers. What makes Restylane® Refyne and Defyne unique is the hyaluronic acid technology called XpresHAn which provides a smooth and natural result with specially designed stability and support for expression lines and folds. Refyne is designed for moderate folds and expression lines while Defyne is designed for deeper lines that require more plumping. These new fillers are a game changer and can benefit almost anyone concerned with facial folds, wrinkles and volume loss!

Try Restylane® Refyne and Defyne in Chicago

For the past 20 years Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa has mastered the art of injectable fillers and even has national trainers on staff for Allergan and Galderma, the makers of BOTOX® and Restylane® injectable products. Having an experienced injector is key in providing a natural and desired outcome. Here at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa we understand it is important for our patients to leave not looking different but a more beautiful or handsome, natural, refreshed and youthful version of themselves. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa offers the latest and greatest treatments as well as some of the best injectors in the country on staff. Contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation today to learn more about injectable fillers. Restylane® Refyne and Defyne could be just the anti-aging refresher needed to look and feel your best!

How to get Lips on Fleek

Having full pouty lips is desired by many women as they represent both beauty and youth. Voluminous lips are also a common trend in Hollywood and on social media from celebrities to trendy makeup blogs and tutorials. Lips on fleek is a popular hashtag (#LipsonFleek) used on social media meaning lips on point. Yes we all want beautiful lips on point but few women are naturally blessed with Angelina Jolie lips. Fortunately Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills has treatments, tricks and tips to achieve youthful and beautiful lips.

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Lip Plumpers

 

Our favorite lip plumper is Jane Iredale’s Just Kissed Lip Plumper. It features a blend of spearmint, peppermint and ginger root extracts to stimulate blood flow to the lips causing a subtle temporary plumping effect. Lip plumpers are a great makeup must have to give that little extra boost of self confidence and they most often come in different colors , flavors and offer extra benefits like hydration which we all need this time of year. For an extra boost of hydration we also love Jane Iredale’s Lip Drink which is a balm that offers spf protection and as well as delivers much needed hydration for lips on fleek!

Glytone Eye and Lip Peel

This is one of our favorite anti-aging lip treatments. Aging certainly can affect the lips leaving them feel deflated, thin even displaying fine lines and wrinkles. The brightening eye and lip peel by Glytone is designed with lactic acid and tricholoracetic acid to increase skin firmness and reduces signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles as well as hyperpigmentation. It can even offer a subtle plumping effect!

Juvéderm® Volbella

Our favorite treatment for lip augmentation is Juvéderm® Volbella! Volbella is Allergan’s latest injectable filler for lip enhancement and we were one of the first practices in Illinois to offer it. Allergan is the same company that makes BOTOX® and Juvéderm®.
Hyaluronic acid injectable fillers are one of the most popular and effective treatments for increasing lip volume. With a series of a few injections in a quick appointment lips can appear fuller, smoother, softer and more youthful for up to a year. There are many great injectables on the market commonly used for lip enhancement such as Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Restylane® Silk and Volbella. What makes Volbella unique is its longevity and use of advanced vycross technology that offers a natural result with less swelling post treatment. Volbella also works great at smoothing fine lines around the lips which is a common sign of aging. For those looking to achieve significant volume enhancement we often combine Juvéderm® with Volbella for its extra plumping effects. The injectors at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa are national trainers for Allergan the makers of Volbella and BOTOX®.

Our Top Tip for Lips on Fleek

One of our favorite tips for beautiful lips is to prime them with foundation prior to putting on lipstick for all day color. Anyone woman knows having to touch up makeup throughout the day can be a real pain so we love any tip that helps our lips look fresher with longer lasting color!

Get Lips on Fleek in North Chicago at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa

From lip plumpers to peels to injectables, Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is a one stop spot for lips. We offer a variety of treatments and cosmetic products available to promote healthy, full and youthful lips. Whether its reverse signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation or plumping up the lips we have a treatment, tip or trick for you! Contact us today for your complimentary consultation.

 

 

The Most Popular Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments for the Holidays

The holidays are a time of year to spend quality time with family and friends. Along with comfort food, gift giving, family get-togethers, and holiday parties, it is a time of year we want to look and feel our absolute personal best. Whether your concern is fat reduction, wrinkles, or sagging skin, there is a variety of non-surgical holiday pick me ups that are perfect for feeling your best in time for the holidays. Here are the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments our patients request during the holidays.

Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments for a Happy Holiday Season

BOTOX® Cosmetic

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BOTOX® is a purified protein that relaxes muscles that are responsible for forming wrinkles between the eyebrows, forehead and crow’s feet with movement also known as dynamic lines. BOTOX® is one of the popular anti-aging treatments on the market! Over 10.9 million vials of BOTOX® have been sold in the United States since 2002 and it is one of the most clinically studied drugs. BOTOX® softens fine lines and wrinkles while giving the skin a rejuvenated, lifted and smooth appearance. The treatment itself is quick and there is virtually no downtime. Some may experience a bruise at the injection site and if so that typically resides within one week. BOTOX® takes about 7-14 days to take full effect and lasts approximately 3-4 months. It is the perfect holiday pick me up to look and feel refreshed.

Injectable Fillers

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Injectable fillers are composed of a gel substance that gently reverses the signs of aging in the face, including fine lines and wrinkles, facial volume loss, thinning lips and loosening skin. It can also “plump up” the lips, sculpt the cheeks and restore a youthful shape to the face. Common fillers such as Restylane®, Juvéderm® and Voluma are made with hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the body that works with collagen and elastin to increase volume. Injectable fillers are quick procedures with minimal downtime. Some may experience swelling or bruising after treatment which often subsides within one week. It takes about two weeks to get the full effect from injectable fillers with average results lasting 6 months to 2 years. Another great treatment to look and feel rejuvenated for the holidays!

Coolsculpting Fat Reduction

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Many can relate to having an area, or 2 or 3, that we wouldn’t mind getting rid of some unwanted fat. Coolsculpting is a noninvasive fat reduction treatment that can do just that! Coolsculpting freezes the fat cells in a clinically proven method called cryolipolysis. During the treatment which takes about 30-60 minutes per area, an applicator is placed over the bulge of fat drawing it in with tight suction. The fat cells then painlessly freeze and naturally shatter and get absorbed and eliminated by the lymphatic system. During treatment, one can comfortably watch television or work on their laptop during treatment. There is no downtime and one can resume their normal activities immediately. The average person permanently loses up to 25% of the fat cells in the area treated. Some see results in as little as 4 weeks but it can up to 16 weeks to see optimal results. Common areas treated are the abdomen, love handles, thighs, back, arms and under the chin. Coolsculpting is an excellent alternative for those who are not ready for surgery or those that are not surgical liposuction candidates. This is the perfect pick me up to feel great in your holiday attire.

Ultherapy Skin Tightening

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Ultherapy is a nonsurgical tissue tightening treatment that uses advanced ultrasound technology and imaging to stimulate collagen and tighten the skin. While Ultherapy is not a facelift it is a gold standard nonsurgical alternative as it is the only treatment other than a facelift that treats at a deeper level, the muscle. It also bypasses the outer layer of the skin and precisely delivers the energy where it is needed to stimulate collagen. New collagen will grow over time. When the new collagen grows it will gradually tighten and lift the skin, resulting in a natural lift of the brows, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and neck. The treatment takes approximately 45 to 90 minutes and there is minimal downtime. Some may experience swelling that often resides within 1 week. Some notice an immediate lifting however results are gradual and will continue to build over the next 6 months. This is the perfect treatment to get ready for the holidays for those not ready for surgery or looking to extend their surgical results!

Forever Young BBL Photo-rejuvenation

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As we age our skin gets damaged. Signs of damage can appear as fine lines, freckles, age spots, acne scarring, enlarged pores, and redness caused by broken capillaries and rosacea. Photo-rejuvenation reduces these signs of aging using non-invasive, painless pulses of light. The Sciton Forever Young BBL device is the only photofacial system that also stimulates collagen and changes the expressions of the genes that are responsible for aging. The treatment is a quick painless treatment that has minimal downtime. Sunspots often get darker over the next few days after treatment which often resolve within in 1 week. Makeup can be applied directly after treatment. A series of 4 treatments is recommended for optimal results spaced 4 weeks apart. This is a great treatment for almost everyone whether you are a male, female, in your 20’s or in your 70’s. This is the perfect pick me up for a beautiful complexion during the holidays.

Try Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments in North Chicago for the Holidays at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa

Whether your concern is unwanted fat, wrinkles, volume loss, sagging skin, age spots or acne there are a wide variety of non-surgical cosmetic treatments with minimal downtime available. Often time gets away from us so with the holidays approaching now is the time to start getting ready for those holiday parties and events. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa offers complimentary consultations to determine your candidacy. Contact us today to find out which of our most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments will help you look and feel your personal best for the holidays.

 

Get Younger Looking Lips: Lip Enhancement Options in the Chicago Area

Who doesn’t want full and youthful lips? Unfortunately as we age we lose collagen and elasticity which can lead to thin lips, sagging skin, and fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. The good news is there are many lip enhancement options available that can reverse and prevent signs of aging in the lips and around the mouth. Learn how to get younger looking lips in the Greater Chicago area below.

Lip Enhancement Options in our Northern Chicago Medspa

Injectable Fillers

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Common injectable fillers used for lip rejuvenation are comprised of hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in the body. These include:

Injectable fillers are a quick procedure that offers safe and effective results with minimal downtime. Having an experienced injector is key to help provide a natural and beautiful result. Topical anesthetic is applied to the lips or lip lines prior to injection. The injections themselves are quick and they can be administered to the lip for volume and into the lip lines to improve wrinkles. Your injector will go over post-care with you which may include applying ice and avoiding makeup that day. Lips often appear swollen the first few days after treatment and there is a small risk of bruising which typically resolves within one week. Optimal results are seen about 2 weeks after treatment and last approximately 1 year. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is an Allergan and Galderma training facility, the makers or Juvéderm® and Restylane®. Our injectors are highly experienced national trainers.

Laser Resurfacing/DermaPen®/Fractora

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Textural irregularities such as fine lines and wrinkles can be improved with a series of DermaPen® microneedling or laser treatments. Laser resurfacing offers dramatic improvement to wrinkles by removing a layer of damaged skin leaving behind softer and smoother skin. Downtime varies based on the aggressiveness of the procedure and can range anywhere from a few days to a week. Laser resurfacing is an efficacious option for moderate to severe wrinkles. DermaPen® microneedling uses tiny virtually painless needles to precisely stimulate collagen in a gentle manner and offers downtime of only a mild sun burnt appearance. It is typically performed in a series of 6 treatments spaced 2 weeks apart. DermaPen® is a great option for those looking to treat mild textural irregularities and to stimulate collagen as an anti-aging preventative. Fractora is also an efficacious laser treatment for improving texture and stimulating collagen and it uses the latest radiofrequency technology. Fractora tightens and improve texture offering results comparable to laser resurfacing without the downtime. Fractora can be a great lip enhancement option for mild to severe wrinkles.

Glytone Eye and Lip Peel

The Glytone eye and lip peel is formulated with lactic acid and trichloroacetic acid. This unique peel is specifically designed to improve the appearance of pigmentation as well as fine lines and wrinkles. There is minimal downtime with this peel unlike other standard peels. The glytone eye and lip peel is usually performed in a series of 4 treatments.

ThermiSmooth and Ultherapy

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ThermiSmooth and Ultherapy are designed to tighten sagging skin. Thermismooth uses radiofrequency to precisely heat the skin to a temperature that stimulates collagen for a firming and lifted appearance. Thermismooth is done is a series of 3 to 6 treatments and there is no downtime or discomfort with the procedure. Ultherapy uses advanced ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen on a deeper level with a precise imaging system. With Ulthera there may be some swelling that typically resides within one week. Both treatments work gradually as the body builds new collagen and tightens in the months post treatment. Both ThermiSmooth and Ultherapy offer long lasting results.

Explore Your Lip Enhancement Options with Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL

There are a variety of lip enhancement options available to rejuvenate the lips and mouth. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa offers complimentary consultations to find the perfect treatment for you based on individual need, goals, and candidacy. Call us at (847)367-8815 today to schedule your appointment.

How to Get Younger Looking Eyes

Many of us know the feeling of getting told we look tired even when we aren’t. Under eye bags, wrinkles, and dark circles can give the eyes a tired and aged appearance. Rejuvenation treatments to the eyes are a commonly sought out treatment. We all have a desire to look rested and youthful. There are a variety of treatments in the toolbox that can offer you younger looking eyes in our North Chicago medical spa located in Vernon Hills.

Get Younger Looking Eyes with Injectable Fillers

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As we age we lose volume under the eyes and in the cheeks that can cause hollowness, bags, dark circles, and flat cheeks. Some are genetically prone to hollowness or bags. Hyaluronic acid injectable fillers are made of a gel substance we naturally have in our bodies and are commonly used to add volume to the under eye and cheek area. There are several different types of fillers that can be used such as Restylane® and Juvéderm® depending on the individual. The injections themselves are quick, virtually painless, and offer results you can see instantly. There is a risk of bruising and swelling that typically resides within one week. Results last approximately 1-2 years. The injectors at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa are national trainers for injectables. They also use the innovative microcannula technique which is a safer method and offers less risk of bruising.

Laser resurfacing and Microneedling for Eye Rejuvenation

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Microneedling is performed with a small portable device that uses tiny needles to painlessly puncture the skin. This stimulates collagen and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. DermaPen® microneedling is typically done in a series of 6 treatments spaced every 2 weeks and offers minimal downtime; often a mild sunburned appearance for a couple of days. Laser resurfacing also improves wrinkles and can be customized as a mild or aggressive treatment depending on individual need and goals. Laser resurfacing removes a layer of damaged skin leaving new rejuvenated skin in its place. Downtime can range anywhere from 1 day to 1 week depending on the treatment. Fractora skin resurfacing is another treatment that uses advanced radiofrequency to tighten the skin on a deeper level with ablated skin that heals very quickly. Fractora offers results comparable to laser resurfacing without the downtime. Fractora is typically performed in a series of 1-3 treatments depending on individual need. Growth factors can be added to any of these treatments to give the skin a boost in collagen stimulation, nutrients, and to speed up healing.

Glytone Eye & Lip Peel for Younger Looking Eyes

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This in office peel uses a combination of Lactic Acid and Trichloroacetic acid also known as TCA. This TCA peel benefits skin firmness, fine lines & wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and dark circles. It is typically done in a series of 3-4 treatments and offers minimal downtime vs standard peels.

ThermiSmooth and Ultherapy Skin Tightening for Non-Surgical Eye Rejuvenation

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ThermiSmooth and Ultherapy are both skin tightening treatments. They can be used to rejuvenate, lift, and tighten the lower and upper eyelids. The Thermismooth uses advanced radiofrequency technology that uses controlled heat for collagen remodel. Ultherapy uses advanced ultrasound technology to penetrate deep into the skin with precise heat and imaging. Thermismooth offers patients no downtime and typically a series of 3-6 treatments is recommended. Ultherapy is a single treatment with optimal results seen 3-6 months after treatment with long lasting results. Some individuals experience swelling or bruising after treatment that typically reside within 1 week.

Blepharoplasty Surgical Eye Lift

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A blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that offers the most dramatic results. A blepharoplasty can be done on the upper eyelids or lower eyelids to remove excess skin and fat. The treatment only takes about an hour and there is minimal downtime. It can be performed under IV sedation and local anesthesia. Sutures remain in the area for about 1 week so there may be some restrictions such as strenuous working out until the sutures come out. Post care is given by your physician based on individual need. Some blepharoplasty surgeries can be covered through insurance.

Ready to Get Younger Looking Eyes in North Chicago?

There is no shortage of eye rejuvenation treatments available. We offer complimentary consultations and based on individual need, goals, and result expectations one of these methods may be the perfect fit! Call us at (847)367-8815 to schedule your appointment.

Double Chin Causes and Solutions

A study performed by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery last year reported that 68% of people were concerned with the extra chin or neck fat. This common concern of many can lead to low self esteem and embarrassment. However, if you have a double chin, it may not be your fault. Among the many double chin causes are genetics and aging. And there’s more good news: there are a variety of solutions available to help improve the appearance of the chin, neck, and jaw line.

Most Common Double Chin Causes

As mentioned previously, aging is a big reason we develop double chins. As we age we lose muscle and the when the muscle under the chin weakens it can cause loose and sagging skin. Another of the numerous double chin causes is genetics. Some families have a hereditary predisposition. The primary culprit for double chins is excess fat. At the end of the day, the reason for excessive fat beneath the chin, known as submental fullness, does’t matter. What does matter is that your double chin causes you embarrassment, and you want to get rid of it. How do you get rid of that stubborn double chin? Find out below.

How to Get Rid of Your Double Chin

Kybella® Non-Surgical Double Chin Eliminator

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Kybella® is an FDA approved injectable drug identical to deoxycholic acid a substance naturally found in our body that, when injected into the double chin causes the fat to be absorbed and eliminated by the body. Kybella® is manufactured from Allergan the same company that produces BOTOX® and Juvéderm®. Kybella® is precisely administered with a fine needle to the excess fat under the chin in a quick treatment. After Kybella® most patients experience swelling to the area that can last about week. The treatment is typically performed in a series of 2-4 treatments repeated every 4 weeks. Kybella® is non invasive and permanent fat reduction method that offers the added benefit of skin retraction for mild laxity. For those with moderate laxity other treatments such as ThermiRF which uses radiofrequency and Ultherapy that uses advanced ultrasound technology can be used in conjunction with Kybella® for skin tightening.

CoolMini by CoolSculpting for Double Chin Reduction

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CoolSculpting is an efficacious treatment that has been around for over 10 years. Over 2 million treatments have been performed worldwide. CoolSculpting uses a technology called cryolipolysis in which fat cells are painlessly frozen, shattered, and permanently eliminated. The CoolMini applicator is placed directly under the chin suctioning in the tissue between cooling plates. The treatment in simple, painless, and only takes 45 minutes. There can be minor swelling after treatment which often resolves within a couple of days. A CoolMini treatment is typically performed in a series of 2 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart. Optimal results are seen a few months after treatment. CoolSculpting does not treat laxity so it can also be combined with skin tightening treatments if needed.

Liposuction

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Liposuction is the gold standard method for fat reduction. It offers fast and permanent results. Liposuction can be performed in several methods including tumescent, laser, and wet. With all types of a small incision is made and a cannula is then inserted to break up the fat and suction it out. Liposuction offers patients fast and dramatic results with minimal downtime. The cost of liposuction is comparable to doing a series of non surgical treatments.

Ready to Get Rid of Your Double Chin?

If you are looking to permanently get rid of stubborn submental fat there are several effective treatments available including Kybella®, CoolSculpting, and liposuction. Depending on individual need, goals, and result expectations one of these methods may be the perfect treatment. A healthy diet and exercise can also help prevent and reduce a double chin. Complimentary consultations can be scheduled at (847)367-8815.